“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Drink the Wild Air winter youth writing retreat is a great time to reconnect with the WordsWorth community, make new friends, and, most importantly, write! Time will be spent outdoors!
Drink the Wild Air 2021
But, don’t just take our word for it on how amazing the camps are. Here are some comments from past participants:
I return because I want to continue to learn and grow in my writing skills, and the instructors are so kind it has become a home away from home.”
It is fun & awesome. We do really exciting stuff & it is super happy & stuff. Oh, & it’s, like, writing, so that’s coolness right there.”
I return because everyone here wants to write, they want to play Dungeons & Dragons; they watch every nerdy show under the sun. When people sign up for a class they want to learn about developing a character or how to write a screen play.”
I have so much fun here and so many great friends; everybody is so supportive and it inspires me to continue my writing.”
This is an environment where I’m not afraid to be myself.”
|If you cancel:||You will receive:|
|On or before Feb. 28, 2021||100% of the registration fees refunded|
|March 1 - March 12, 2021||50% of the registration fees refunded|
|After March 12, 2021||No refund|
The 2021 Team
Colin Matty (Camp Director) is a poet, actor, and storyteller from Edmonton. A founding member of the poetry brothel, alumni of Rapid Fire Theatre, and company member of Malachite Theatre, he has worked with the Writers Guild of Alberta for seven years as the director of WordsWorth and Drink the Wild Air. He streams bedtime stories four times a week at twitch.tv/brotherbedtime, and is the curator of Edmonton’s iconic Poem Shop, where he writes poetry for strangers on the spot with the help of a 1954 Underwood Typewriter.
Erin Emily Ann Vance is the author of the novel Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers (Stonehouse, 2019) and the poetry collections The Sorceress Who Left Too Soon(Coven Editions, 2019) and A History of Touching (Guernica, 2022). She holds a masters degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and studies Irish Folklore and Ethnology at University College Dublin. Erin teaches a variety of subjects to students of all ages through the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and is co-host of the podcast Femmes Macabres. She lives in rural Alberta with her dog and partner. Find out more: erinvance.ca.
Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion, and the 2021 Regional Writer in Residence with the Strathcona County Library. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award and the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence. Her debut collection COCONUT is available in April with Newest Press. You can find her at nishapatel.ca. (Photo Credit: Yulia Skogoreva)